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Cryptonym: AMAPOLA

Definition:
A Cuban agent in Miami, run by the Cuban Intelligence Service (CUIS).
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
He is referred to specifically as "Agent AMAPOLA".
Sources:

104-10308-10238: MEMO: ZRKNICK OPERATION

Feb. 1977 Memorandum for the Record. Refers to AMAPOLA as CUIS in discussing the investigation of the Cuban espionage net known as ZRKNICK So does 104-10308-10278.

104-10308-10241: FBI MESSAGE FROM AMAPOLA

Memo from Juan Amestoy folder states: "8 April 1963 - Juan Armestoy (sic) told me: He works with Ricardo Cabrera chief of infiltration from CIA." The next page states, "On 21 July 1963 AMAPOLA received a (REDACTED) message fwhich said that Juan ARMESTOY, Ricardo CABRERA and Jesus GONZALEZ are members of a network of agents; that it is necessary to have data on these men and the names of each one of the remaining members of the network; the group with whom it has contacts; and the degree of friendship AMAPOLA has with ARMESTOY and the others. On 5 August 1963 WAVE reported that ARMESTOY and AMAPOLA had been in Sam Severino (prison) at the same time, and WAVE believes that ARMESTOY may have been allowed by the Cuban IS to come to the US to provide counter-revolutionary contacts for AMAPOLA."

104-10308-10240: ZRKNICK: INVESTIGATION OF CUBAN EXPIONAGE NET IN MIAMI

ZRKNICK summary provides more info on aforementioned April 8 message: "The FBI REDACTED message from ZRKNICK agent to CUIS Headquarters in Havana. Said Juan ARMESTOY (should read AMESTOY) (CIA Agent) told ZRKNICK agent about a trip he planned to Cuba with other Cubans. That an internal uprising was being prepared and six men, four Cubans and two foreigners, had already arrived in Cuba to assassinate Fidel...(COMMENT: ZRKNICK at request of CUIS Havana, continued to report on AMESTOY. AMESTOY was later arrested and killed in a gun battle or executed by the Cuban Gov't).".....The discussion then turns to a Sept. 3, 1963 letter, which states that "AMAPOLA (crypt for CUIS) with outstation located in the Miami area, has for its main objective the penetration of CIA and exile operations directed against Cuba." When looking at the original document, AMAPOLA is not described as CUIS, but rather as an "agent or agent complexes", along with others such as "Serabin in Puerto (Rico?)". See: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=16985#relPageId=2&tab=page

104-10236-10252: MEMO TO: COMMENTS MADE BY RICARDO CABRERA AMOEDO, AKA: "CAYO

September 1962 report from "Carlos Blanco": Ricardo Cabrera Amoedo reported as saying, "(Tony) Varona's group, to which he belonged, was acting freely to create an incident that would force the Americans to take action...they had means to deceive the Americans."

104-10308-10244: MEMO: ZRKNICK SUMMARY

9/3/63 memo: "Agents and agent complexes...are described briefly below...AMAPOLA, with outstation located in the Miami area has for its main objective the penetration of KUBARK (CIA) and exile operations aimed against PBRUMEN (Cuba)."

104-10308-10242: SUMMARY OF RELATIONS WITH FBI: WAVE REPORTED ON ADDITIONAL PERSONS AT 615 SW 12TH AVENUE

March 1963: "Agent AMAPOLA was warned by Cuban IS to be careful of one Enrique CASADO Cuervo."

104-10308-10279 THE FOLLOWING IS A RETYPED COPY ON AN ILLEGIBLE COPY IN THE ZRNICK (1963) VOL 1 FILE

Memo referring to "agents AMAPOLA, PAMELA and ROBERTO" (p. 5). Specific reference to "AMAPOLA - CUIS AGENT IN THE US":...a special code was set up for the agent by which he could report by cable to Havana any ususual activities..."

104-10308-10294: MEMO: RICARDO CABRERA AMOODO

4/30/63 memo: Cabrera was born in Habana, about 35 years old...appointed to the National Police in 1952 by the BATISTA regime...surveilled the revolutionaries in asylum...became friendly with such Cuban asylees as...Carlos Prio Socarras and Antonio de Varona...CABRERA became a TRUJILLO agent...in 1960, as an active G-2 member, CABRERA returned to Miami and continued working as an informer under VALDES' orders...In Miami, CABRERA worked for G-2, together with PIMENTAL (fnu) and Pepe NOVA, who were the chiefs of the G-2 agents in Miami. CABRERA is still a man who would sell his mother and his best friend for a dollar. CABRERA became an American citizen and used to brag about being a member of the CIA."

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